The search for an appropriate home to rent can be made even more challenging if you own a pet. Most pet owners have experienced the disappointment of missing out on a rental once they mentioned pets to the landlord or property manager. Of course, you can always ‘forget’ to mention your furry or feathered friend, but it’s really not worth the risk if you get caught out.
So why are some property owners reluctant to rent to pet owners? It might be that they simply don’t like animals, but more than likely many landlords are pet owners themselves. What the might be concerned about is damage caused to the property by the pet – dogs digging up the gardens, cats scratching the timber flooring or young pets soiling the carpet. They might be concerned about dogs barking or becoming aggressive and disturbing the neighbours.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t turn the landlord’s head and secure the rental. Addressing any of these concerns might be all it takes to change your landlord’s mind. So, whether you know that the landlord is discouraging pets or you are not sure what the policy on pets is, it pays to write a polite letter to the landlord as part of your application, explaining why your pet should be allowed to find a home.
In this letter you can include contact details of previous landlords with references for your pet. You can also include references from vets or trainers explaining how well behaved your pet is. Even a polite assurance from you as the owner that your pet is well trained and you are a responsible pet owner will help. Describe your pet – his name, breed, size and age – and even include a photo.
Remember, even if a rental is pet friendly, this might not be advertised, so don’t assume that your landlord will automatically so no to a pet. And even if you are confident the landlord will allow the pet, you should check to see if the property is appropriate for your family. Make sure there is enough space for your pet and there is adequate fencing.
While you might sill get a few knockbacks and it might take a little longer to secure a rental, with some open communication you will find a home for your family and your pet.